The Americans: "I Did It The Way I Wanted."

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Phillip can't drive 55.

All together now: I HOPE THE RUSSIANS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN TOO.

Last night's first season finale of The Americans saw the partial repair of one fractured family (the Jennings clan) and the further splintering of another (the Beemans). Phillip and Elizabeth failed in their objectives (meeting the Colonel -- we'll call that one a do-over -- and collecting the Weinberger recording), but found their relationship strengthened by the experience.

On the other hand, I fear Stan is about to enter a Very Bad Place.


We open with Stan (Noah Emmerich) questioning SDI insider Sanford Prince (Tim Hopper) following his deadbeat dad arrest. Prince isn't talking, at first, but Stan seems pretty confident he'll sing if they let him cool his heels. Sure enough, a few hours later and Prince is blathering about "immunity" and "$500,000." But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Looks like blushing bride Martha (Alison Wright) just got initiated into the Campus Crusade for Cunnilingus, at least that's the impression I get, given her reaction. Poor Phillip is dying, having to go from that to talking about wallpaper. Welcome to marriage, tovarisch.

Speaking of dying, Claudia (Margo Martindale) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) discuss the pending meeting with the Colonel (Prince's SDI contact). Claudia wants Phillip to get the recording of a hasty meeting between Sec. of Defense Weinberger and James Baker (White House Chief of Staff ... read a book). They go around and around for a bit (the Jenningses asked the KGB to have Claudia removed), and Claudia tells her she knows Elizabeth "better than she knows herself." Oh shit. Claudia's Elizabeth's mom?

Oh, not really. Elizabeth and Phillip discuss the probable doom coming down on them. She wants him to take the kids to Canada if the shit hits the fan, he protests. Their plan is to bug out once the Weinberger tape is picked up and the meeting with the Colonel takes place. If it goes tits up, Phillip is to head to the Great White North. He leaves, and she listens to a tape from her mother telling her how happy is she is "Nadezhda" has a family.

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